Awaken 2020.

Frequently Asked Questions.

How it works.

What do you mean by ‘leadership’ in the context of personal development? 

We believe that everyone has the ability to be a great leader. We see this in women who can’t read or write but take the actions necessary to bring water or electricity to her village. We see this in the young girls that make a stand to prevent child marriage. We see this in the men that take a stand for gender equality in a culture where women do not have a voice.

We view raising money and reallocating significant resources to participate in Awaken as a leadership act, because it takes leadership to step out of your comfort zone. You are tapping into your authentic power knowing that this needs to be done, that you will make a difference, and that you are the person who can do this. By doing so, you will have a life changing experience. You will get to connect with like minded people here in New Zealand, and meet the most extraordinary women and men in Africa making a difference for generations to come.

How much time will I need to take part in Awaken?

At the minimum, you’ll need to commit to three pre-trip calls (Welcome call, Mid-point call and Pre-departure call), the immersion trip in Africa (seven days), and the re-entry calls on return to New Zealand. To get the most out of the programme we recommend attending all the scheduled connection calls, which are approximately one hour each. However, if you’re unable to attend some of them, we can send you a recording.

If you’re fundraising the $10,000, you’ll need to dedicate time to this especially as you’ll be managing your fundraising alongside your work and personal life. We recommend that you plan your fundraising to work in with your life. Those who have a clear plan and dedicate time consistently to their fundraising goals are the most successful. You may find you spend on average 2-4 hours per week planning and organising your fundraising activities. Ideally, you’ll inspire others to help and support you as most people are willing to volunteer their time to help out if you’re willing to ask.

What are the terms and conditions of participating in Awaken? 

Please see our Terms & Conditions for more information.

Common Concerns.

I don’t know much about The Hunger Project yet, will this matter?

Don’t worry, you don’t need to be an expert in The Hunger Project or our programmes! You’ll get to know the team at The Hunger Project and we’ll provide you with knowledge and resources. You’ll be invited to our Rethinking What’s Possible workshop and other events to give you an overview of our work so you can speak to people you know.

How do I know if I’m ready to commit to taking part in Awaken?

Talk to us. Just like everything in life, you’ll never be 100% sure of whether you’re ready to commit. But you’ll be blown away by your capacity to stretch yourself during the fundraising or investing part of the journey. And the trip to Africa will be fun as much as it will be a learning experience. You’ll have the most amazing stories to share and you’ll get to go where not many people go. You’ll sit in the dirt with women who will share their story with you, and you’ll be able to go into people’s homes and see first-hand how they live. It will be a truly unique experience, and the opportunity is yours.

I have small children and I’m worried about the impact the trip to Africa may have on them.

We understand. We all want our children to grow up knowing the value of life, where they live and what they have. We want our children to be happy and healthy, to have dreams and believe that they can do anything they put their minds to. What better way to do this than to lead by example, and inspire them by sharing your experience and learnings with them? Most likely there will be other women participating who will be going through similar thought processes as you, so you will be supported through your journey.

Fundraising & Programme Costs.

Why do I need to fundraise or personally invest to take part in Awaken?

Awaken is not only an opportunity for you to extend your leadership, it’s also a financial commitment to the work of The Hunger Project. We see personal investment and fundraising as a leadership act, this is the beginning of your personal development journey.

We are intentional about setting a fundraising or personal investment amount that stretches you because playing small doesn’t serve you. We’ll be meeting women and men who take extraordinary actions each and every day to ensure their families and communities are hunger free. Imagine the courage and stretch for a woman to take out a small loan and set up a little roadside stall. If raising or investing $10,000 isn’t much of a stretch for you then we encourage you to commit to a higher fundraising target or personal investment as your first leadership act.

How will I be able to raise $10,000 when I’ve never fundraised before?

We understand that the thought of raising $10,000 is daunting, but part of the journey is unlocking your ability, resources and creativity.

Firstly, get clear on your ‘why’. Why is this important to you? Why are you taking part in Awaken? Women in villages go through this same process of asking themselves whether they can really be a person who could change the way things are? It’s amazing what can happen once you’ve made the commitment. You’ll find that it becomes your reality, and a new world opens up to you. When you share your reason for doing this from the heart, you’ll capture attention from the most amazing places.

Secondly, think about the ‘how’. This will be different for every participant. Past participants have held dinners, run marathons, sold stuff and asked their network for support via social media. Get your friends involved as they’ll have some great ideas and will likely be willing to help you.

Is there any fundraising support?

The Hunger Project New Zealand and it’s Board are always here to support you, as well as past Awaken participants. The best support though comes from the other participants and sharing your journey on the calls. On each of the calls you’ll have the opportunity to ask for help or guidance.

We have a fundraising platform built into our website that means you will be able to not only see how much you have raised but track how the other participants are going as well.

We have a bunch of fundraising resources available on our website to help you get started with your fundraising, and we’ll be in touch with you on a regular basis with tips and tricks from our years of fundraising experience.

If I’m already an investor in The Hunger Project do I still need to fundraise or invest the full $10,000?

Yes. As mentioned above, the Awaken programme requires you to lift yourself out of your comfort zone and take actions that you wouldn’t normally take.

Having you invest in our work is always such an honour - be it before, during or after Awaken has been completed. Funding the sustainable end of hunger will take more than ‘business as usual’ and we’re committed to empowering leaders everywhere to see what they are truly capable of.

What happens if I don’t raise $10,000?

We will discuss options with you, which may include asking you to make up the difference to achieve your goal. If you are not able to do this, you will not be able to participate in the immersion trip to Africa.

The money you raise will still fund the amazing work of The Hunger Project. You’ll be part of The Hunger Project New Zealand community and be invited to events, kept updated and be offered other opportunities to be involved.

When can I begin fundraising?

You can begin fundraising at any time, but taking donations via your fundraising page will only be available once you have paid the Programme Registration fee, signed the Terms & Conditions, received the Welcome Pack and created your personalised fundraising page.

Where does the money I raise go?

The money you raise is invested in the work of The Hunger Project, wherever it is needed most. Your impact will be far and wide as the money you raise will be invested across all our Programme Countries in Africa, India, Bangladesh and Latin America. The funds are spent where the need is greatest: food security, nutrition, microfinance and income generation, education, health and sanitation, or clean water.

Your money and leadership enables our village partners to end their own hunger. You give your time and resources so that they can have the tools and skills they need to take control of their future. For more information on The Hunger Project’s impact visit Our Impact.

The Hunger Project New Zealand is also a registered charity, which means all donations of $5 or more are tax deductible.

Can you give me an idea of what the money will be used for?

$10,000 in Africa could give 160 women microfinance loans so they can start small businesses to bring in an income for their families. One loan of approximately $60 invested in women trained by The Hunger Project can be transformational and the pivot point to building self-reliance and the end of hunger. We know that women will invest in their business, feed, clothe and educate themselves and their children, build better homes that improve their family’s health and that is only just the beginning!

Does the $10,000 include all my travelling costs?

No. In addition to raising or investing $10,000, you’ll need to cover your own airfares, vaccinations, visa and insurance costs. You’ll also be required to pay Programme Costs of $4,000 to The Hunger Project New Zealand prior to departure.

What does the $4,000 Programme Cost cover?

Programme Costs are the costs incurred on the ground whilst in Africa. This includes, but is not limited to: safe transport, fuel and dedicated drivers, accommodation and group airport transfers (for the programme dates only), workshop facilitation and materials, THP Programme staffing costs, and group meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner).

The Programme Costs exclude return airfares, travel insurance, vaccinations, a visa to enter the Programme Country, in-room hotel charges, spending money, and airport transfers and transit accommodation costs if extending your stay beyond the Programme dates.

Trip Preparation.

Can I extend my trip?

Yes! Many participants enjoy additional excursions after the Programme. Please ensure you are clear on programme dates and when you are able to leave before you book your travel.

What kind of visa will I need?

We’ll advise you of the visa that you need to obtain for entry into the country. This process can take up to 2-4 working weeks where you may need to send your passport with documentation to the consulate. We can support you in this process or your travel agent will also be able to direct you.

My passport expires soon could that be a problem?

You will need at least six months left on your passport from the date you depart New Zealand until the date you return to New Zealand.

What will I need to take?

We will send you specific country information so you can prepare for your trip. We will also provide you with a Briefing Pack that includes a suggested packing list one month before departure. Further details will be discussed on the final preparation call.

How fit and healthy do I need to be?

You’ll need to be able to walk a minimum of 5km unaided in order to participate in the programme. We often walk on unpaved and uneven surfaces (dirt roads) when visiting a rural village area. We recommend that you have a good level of fitness and health to ensure you enjoy this experience.

You will need to be prepared for all weather conditions as the days can often be long and hot which can have an impact on your health. Drinking plenty of water and avoiding excess alcohol is recommended.

It is your responsibility to disclose any medical conditions that may need special attention (heart conditions, diabetes, anxiety or depression) at the time of application. In some cases we may ask you to seek professional advice before being accepted on to the programme.

Will I need to get vaccinations?

You may need to get vaccinations. We advise you to see your GP as it will be dependent on your medical history. Some countries require you to have a certificate upon entry. We recommend you visit and read the health recommendations for the country you are visiting before visiting your doctor. We’ll provide you with a guide to the area and the types of activities you will be participating in.

Is it safe to go to Ghana?

Your safety is of the utmost importance to us and we adhere to a Risk Protocol to ensure safety at all times. We regularly monitor international travel warnings and are in constant communication with our ground staff many months before we depart and during the programme.

Please be aware that if in the lead up to the programme we deem it no longer safe to travel, we reserve the right to change the country or look to reschedule the programme. You will be kept informed during this process.

Security is our priority and we monitor this closely, however you can find out more yourself at

What security is in place in Ghana?

We assess the security needs and arrange discrete security services to support our safe travel when necessary. We will brief you prior to departure and on arrival of best safety practices. Whilst we take your safety very seriously, it is your choice to participate in the programme and as such accept the risks (known and unknown) of travelling internationally. Please see the Terms & Conditions for more information.

What will our accommodation be like? Will I need to share a room?

Accommodation will vary from nice to rustic! It will always be safe and secure. Sharing a room is always possible, and it helps cut down costs as well as creating an opportunity for some great bonding. We will try and accommodate you and your preferences, however, you may need to share a room depending on the location. This may be the case when we are in rural areas.

Can I take photos during the visit to Ghana?

Yes, provided you do so respectfully and gain permission where possible. Please see our Terms & Conditions for information regarding Media and Child Protection when taking images.

As a group, we will also organise photos, films, and interviews that capture the experience and promote the story of the journey and the amazing work of The Hunger Project.

What will the village and the people we meet get out of me going on this trip?

Connection! Us being there gives them renewed impetus and an opportunity to showcase the enormous efforts they have gone to, to transform themselves and their community. This is a big opportunity for them to share their stories and know that somewhere in the world they have a partner who believes that they are the key to ending their own hunger.

What happens when I get back?

This journey will be life changing in many ways. Besides the actual experience of interacting with The Hunger Project, there will be friendships made, plans hatched and new directions taken. We are committed to supporting the community that emerges. You’ll be required to attend the re-entry call as scheduled once you return. This call is important and designed to support and help you re-orient back into life.


What happens if I can no longer go, or no longer want to go, on the immersion trip to Africa?

Your commitment to fundraising or investing the full amount still applies and your fundraising efforts are non-refundable. Places on the immersion trips are limited, and for this reason, having a place on the trip means ensuring that you are able to meet or exceed the fundraising target. Your money will already be impacting women, men and children across the world before you even leave New Zealand.

You may also be liable for covering the Programme Costs if you happen to withdraw from the Programme two months prior to the trip to Africa. Please see the full Terms & Conditions.